I was surprised to be going on-air earlier this week with an Associated Press story about a state-ordered study of the North Country’s health care system. (to: “create an effective, integrated health care delivery system for preventative,...
There’s a lot of speculation out there about the future of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. The NY Office of Mental Health is considering closing a number of state hospitals, saying that at 24, New York has more than 3 times...
Hospital administrators from the eastern half of the North Country gathered today in Plattsburgh to raise the alarm about possible cuts stemming from the fiscal cliff deficit reduction negotiations in Washington.
“What they’re saying is...
Mar 09, 2006 — Legislative leaders promised a gathering of New York's hospitals that they would restore hundreds of millions of dollars in health care money cut in Governor Pataki's budget. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Dec 16, 2005 — New York's Association of Towns is warning that a decrease in volunteers for fire and emergency services, combined with what they consider to be onerous regulations, is leading to a crisis. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Jul 07, 2005 — A new state panel will meet next week to cut costs in New York's health care system. The 18-member commission is expected to recommend closing some hospitals and nursing homes. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jun 16, 2005 — There's agreement in the state legislature on a bill to require hospitals across New York to publicly report their rate of patient infections. Advocates say it could help health care professionals adopt safer practices. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
May 10, 2005 — A number of hospitals in New York State have joined a nationwide voluntary effort aimed at reducing mistakes that lead to patient deaths. But nurses say the goals can't be achieved unless the issue of the undertstaffing of nurses at hospitals is addressed. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Mar 24, 2005 — A summer resident of Cranberry Lake died earlier this month from a rare illness known as sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Timothy Smith was sixty years old. The devastating brain ailment appears to occur randomly. But the disease is often confused with "mad cow," an illness spread by infected cattle. Smith was a part-time farmer who raised cattle. But as Brian Mann reports, health and agriculture officials say there's no indication that his herd was contaminated. Go to full article
Feb 01, 2005 — The head of a New York hospital association predicts that up to 30 hospitals around the state could close if Governor Pataki's budget proposal were to become law. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Jan 31, 2005 — A coalition of medical consumer groups says New York Health Commissioner Antonia Novello has failed to live up to a promise to cut medical errors in New York in half in five years. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article